Cop Houses Homeless Mother and Baby in a Hotel with His Own Money

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Corporal Che Atkinson of Prince George's County, Maryland was at his police station doing paperwork when he learned that a homeless woman and her baby were in the lobby. There was no shelter available for them and they had nowhere to go. So Atkinson contacted a social worker and headed out on patrol.

When he got back, he found the mother and baby still there. There had been no progress on finding them shelter. So Atkinson packed them and their belongings into a patrol car and took them to a hotel. He paid for the room out of his own pocket.

While he was doing so, his sergeant surreptitiously photographed him. Then he posted the photos with the story on Facebook. The public response has been, to say the last, positive. WUSA9 reports (auto-start video):

"I'm a little overwhelmed and shocked. And the reason why is it didn't seem like a big deal to me because I see other officers do stuff like this all the time,” Atkinson said "It's not a big deal."

People online said what he did was far from ordinary, they say it was a "beautiful act of kindness."

"This is a helpless child so it's our duty to help and that child was definitely in need," Atkinson said.

Police said the woman and her child are now with relatives.

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An Overview of Live-action Superhero TV Shows

When you think of live-action superhero TV shows, you think of Superman from the ’50s, Batman from the ‘60s, Wonder Woman from the ’70s, and, um, you might be surprised at how many superhero shows you watched and don’t think about anymore.

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The good news is that we are experiencing a Renaissance of superhero shows, and there’s more to come. Enjoy this video from Vulture's Secret History of Television series. -via Laughing Squid


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Yoga in Real Life

Cassandra Calin, a cartoonist in Montreal, highlights the differences between our expectations and realities, such as those with hairstyles and swimsuits. Recently, she illustrated the way that yoga professionals look . . . and the way we ordinary people look when we try to duplicate their moves. You can find the rest of her cartoons in the series here.


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Rogue Runner Leaves Pack in Weiner Dog Race, Takes a Bite Out of Life


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Pacific Coast League minor team the El Paso Chihuahuas got more race than they bargained for when they hosted the Wiener Schnitzel weenie dog race on the field before their game last Saturday. Apparently no one at the park anticipated the soaring spirit of a dachshund running on his own personal Field of Dreams. The desire to break free of all constraint was just too strong to keep in check. As is evident from the video, the joyfully naughty canine was eventually apprehended after a chase. Nice run while it lasted, little guy. Via Bark Post

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This Just In: Straw Monsters Ravaging Japan

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Every year, in the Niigata Prefecture of Japan, people build enormous, often frightening creatures made of straw. It's part of the Wara Art Festival. Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku has a roundup of some of the best and most ferocious straw monsters now menacing Japan. They include a giant crab, dinosaurs, a cobra, and a praying mantis. In short: choose another vacation spot.

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Sssingapore Ssstreet Fight: Cobra vs. Python


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Nothing like a down and dirty Singapore street fight in which two formidable snake species, a python and a cobra, go at it in a showdown for supremacy. One of them wins, but I won't spoil it for you by saying which, just in case you haven't yet watched this standoff. The winning snake sticks around, possibly to check for admirers and/or groupies, but his only hookup is what appears to be several gentlemen from animal control. Via Uproxx


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HAIL TO THE KING! - Boomsticks Rule, Deadites Drool


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Being a hero with a chainsaw hand can be a groovy feeling, but hacking your way through the dead, some of which used to be your friends, can make you feel straight up evil! Luckily, Ash has a pretty good head on his shoulders about which side of the graveyard he's on, and when he's called back into action he's happy to hack away at the deadites plaguing the town and show the world what a real hero looks like.

Shop S-mart smart and geeky, bring home this HAIL TO THE KING! t-shirt by Skullpy and show the world you're an Evil Dead fan for life!

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The Sixties Nostalgia Burnout Cheat Sheet

For the past few years, we’ve have 50th anniversaries for an awful lot of things: assassinations, protests, movies, TV shows, concerts, toys, art, songs, comics, sports, and more. Each one makes me feel older (as if I wouldn’t feel older each day anyway). Yeah, the ‘60s were an eventful decade. To save you some surprises in the future, Collectors Weekly has put together a list of all the 50th anniversary celebrations you may see in the next four years. You very well may see them right here!


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Baby Cries When the Storybook Ends


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Little Emmett Stevers loves books! And like all bookworms, he finds the end of a great story to be a very sad moment. Whenever his parents finish reading I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry, Emmett cries out in anguish. All of us bookworms feel the say way, Emmett. The only comfort is in reaching for a new book.

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New Book Takes A Look At The Exploitation Movie Posters Of Yesteryear

Hollywood has been using exploitation films as money making vehicles since the very beginning, but the features we generally think of as exploitation films are those schlocky sci-fi and horror flicks shown in grindhouse theaters beginning in the 1960s.

These films set the precedent for shocking audiences with the use of sex, gore and rock n roll, and they also changed the face of that most important piece of print advertising- the movie poster.

Nicolas Winding Refn, director of Bronson, Drive and the upcoming Neon Demon, has been collecting exploitation movie posters for so long he doesn't know what to do with them all.

So when a friend suggested he share them with the world he decided the best way to do that would be with a book.

His upcoming book The Act Of Seeing will feature over 300 full color plates showing off those colorful early exploitation film posters in all their cheesy glory, with recaps and color commentary by journalist Alan Jones.

See more of these amazing exploitation movie posters at io9


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Sesame Street: Nosh of the Titans

In this Sesame Street parody of Clash of the Titans, Cookie Monster is Fursius, and must pass Moo-dusa to reach Mt. Olympus Diner. To quote Cookie, “Oh, dat weird.”

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And for Sesame Street’s original audience, there’s a lesson in observation and focus. And an appropriate punch line at the end. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Five Ways The Federation Is Actually An Evil Empire

The Star Trek saga is presented in a way that causes viewers to assume the Federation is a force for good, helping anyone in need and spreading messages of hope and peace throughout the universe.

But humans aren't very good at taking care of their own planet, so what makes people think they'd be of much use defending other planets throughout the galaxy?

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Cracked's Luke McKinney has compiled 5 Ways Star Trek's Federation Was An Evil Empire, including their blatant human elitism, their valuable resource hoarding ways and the fact that they're basically piloting giant antimatter bombs.

Let the geeky debates begin!

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28 Unusual Political Parties

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Got a beef with the government? Maybe some other people do, too. What can you do? Start a political party! It’s been done so many times, and some of the parties that popped up throughout history are pretty strange. But then again, the parties we are used to probably seemed odd when they first began. Learn about 28 of the strangest in this week’s episode of the mental_floss List Show.


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14 Hilarious Vintage Sci-Fi Movie Posters from the 1950s and 1960s

Forbidden Planet, 1956, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

The kitsch and camp of the old science fiction pictures continue to entertain in ways some of which may not have been initially intended. Hapless and helpless, cartoon curvy and colorful damsels droop in the arms of danger. How can one not be curiously charmed? See for yourself and take a look at this collection of vintage sci-fi movie posters from the 1950s and 1960s. Days-of-old-inspired smiles abound. While some now decry them as politically incorrect, they are simply a sign of the times in which they were created.


Attack of The 50 Ft. Woman, 1958, Allied Artists Pictures


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The High Strangeness of the Original Walking Tall Trilogy

I well remember watching the 1973 movie Walking Tall at the theater. I don’t recall the sequels, but years later I had some professional dealings with Buford Pusser’s daughter in west Tennessee. The late sheriff had a thoroughly interesting story, which was made into a movie that was more or less accurate story of his life, but when it was a hit, the producers were compelled to make a sequel. And that meant the “true story” has to extend past reality, because the reality was, um, complicated. Joe Don Baker didn’t want to star in a sequel, so they hired Buford Pusser to portray himself.   

Well, a few hours after signing the contract, Pusser went to the local county fair and apparently had a few to celebrate his forthcoming movie stardom. On his way home in his supercharged sports car, he slammed into a median, flying through the windshield before the car burst into flames. He was declared dead at the scene. Despite the reported blood alcohol level (twice the legal limit), to this day more than a few still insist the accident was the result of sabotage.

Pusser's death was incorporated into the second movie, which was also a hit, so somehow they came up with a third movie, which was even weirder. Read the strange and complex saga of the Walking Tall trilogy at Den of Geek.


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Sauron's Plan For The One Ring Made Easy To Understand

Sauron is the ultimate antagonist in the Lord Of The Rings series, aka the guy controlling that fiery floating eyeball atop the Dark Tower of Barad-Dur who keeps sending dark forces after our favorite little furry footed halflings, the Hobbits.

But behind that pyrotechnic peeper is a necromantic mastermind with a mighty malevolent plan to rule all of Middle Earth with a little help from the One Ring.

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YouTube champion CGP Grey continued his series on Middle Earth Mythology (the first installment of which Miss C. posted here on Neatorama) with this video entitled The One Ring Explained.

It's perfect for those who have watched the movies but haven't read the books, or those who simply can't stand reading when there are thousands of videos online that still need to be watched!

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70 Years Ago Today: Japan Surrenders, Ending World War II

70 years ago today, the bloodiest, most destructive war in all of human history ended.

After the destruction of 2 cities from atomic bombs and reason to believe that even more were coming, the government of the Japanese Empire communicated on August 15, 1945, that it would surrender. The free world responded with a jubilation known as V-J Day--Victory over Japan.

Formally, though, the surrender would take place more than 2 weeks later. On September 2, 1945, the battleship USS Missouri steamed into Tokyo Bay with Allied emissaries. Japanese representatives boarded and signed the formal capitulation. You can read the document here.


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This video shows newsreel footage of the surrender ceremony.

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King Of The Grill - Father Of The Fryer


King Of The Grill by HandsOffMyDinosaur

When the Grand Duke of Ground Beef passed away and the chain finally went out of business Bob was left with a choice- either step up and take his place as the official King of the Grill or pack up his spatula and close up shop. Burgers had been Bob's passion since before he could even work a grill, but heavy is the head that wears the fast food kingdom's crown, for he has a responsibility to serve his heart up sizzling hot between two buns, hold the mayo.

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Six Of The Strangest Things Found In Locked Safes

People get awfully excited when they find a sealed safe, and even though the odds of finding anything great in the safe are slim the nagging question of what’s inside demands an answer.

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Most of the time money is spent on a locksmith only to discover the safe is empty, but sometimes people get lucky and find something valuable...and sometimes they find something horrifying.

Here are six of the strangest things ever found in a locked safe:

1. A Whole Lotta Heroin-

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Once upon a time a dumb drug dealer took the idea of "safe keeping" too literally, thinking his stash would be best kept in a locked safe in the trunk of his car.

When he was pulled over for a routine traffic stop, drug dealer Dustin denied knowing anything about the eight bricks of heroin being held by his passenger Crystal.

But the safe key in Dustin's possession gave him away, and the cops opened the safe in his trunk and found 100 bricks of heroin inside, valued at over $50,000. Now Dustin is safely locked behind bars...

2. Child porn and live grenade-

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Redditor cakegirl8 thought she was getting a killer deal on a fun, and potentially valuable, mystery when she bought a locked safe on Craigslist for a mere $100, but the contents proved to be most unsettling.

Upon opening the safe she discovered a live grenade hanging from the door, and a bunch of SD cards inside. Ever curious about what she'd bought, cakegirl8 took a peek at those cards and found they were full of child porn.

She quickly turned the entire safe and its contents over to the police, discovering that $100 buys you a strange story to tell and a bunch of disgusting images you can't unsee.

3. A Crying Baby-

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When playing hide and go seek it's probably best you don't use a hotel safe as a hiding spot, because if that door accidentally closes somebody might suffocate in there.

A Brooklyn couple staying at a hotel in Niagara Falls discovered their infant had been locked in the room's safe by the baby's older sibling.

A maintenance worker was able to free the child after about twenty minutes, but something tells me those kids won't be playing hide-and-seek again anytime soon!

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Physicist Calculates Yoda's Weight

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Judge Yoda by his size, do you? Well, Dr. Rhett Allain does. He's a professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University. In the past, he's calculated Darth Vader's weight and how long it would take for an AT-AT to hit the ground. He wanted to know how much Yoda weighs. And since the Jedi Master is shy about the issue, Allain had to calculate the results from The Empire Strikes Back.

Allain assumes that Dagobah has the same gravity as Earth, that Luke Skywalker is 5'9" and weighs 150 pounds, and that The Force is not in play against gravity while Luke is carrying Yoda. You can read all of his equations and rationale here. Yoda, Allain argues, weights 43.7 kilograms.

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The Rise and Fall of NASA’s Beloved Worm Logo

It was the battle of the “meatball” and the “worm.” Or, not so much a battle, but a resistance against modernization. NASA had been using the logo that came to be known as the “meatball” for years when the Federal Graphics Improvement Program tried to modernize many of the old, ugly logos that various government agencies used, starting in 1972. Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn unveiled their design for NASA in 1974. It was a sleek, minimalist, modern design eventually called the “worm.” It came with a 90-page manual for its use. The public loved it, but the engineers at NASA didn’t think much of it. They were busy exploring space, and really didn’t understand graphic design. There was an exchange recalled later that occurred between NASA administrator  James Fletcher and his deputy George Low:

Fletcher: I’m simply not comfortable with those letters, something is missing.
Low: Well yes, the cross stroke is gone from the letter A.
Fletcher: Yes, and that bothers me.
Low: Why?
Fletcher, after a long pause: I just don’t feel we are getting our money’s worth!

But NASA used the new logo until 1992, when they suddenly scrapped the worm and reinstated the meatball.

Read the story of the worm and why NASA now uses the retro 1950s-era meatball at Wired. -via Metafilter


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Mastiff Swimming Lessons

Mastiffs make effective guard dogs due to their massive size and deep barks, and their giant frames also make them ideal steeds for kids, but they're not generally know for their swimming skills.

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Some mastiffs can't even doggy paddle without swimming lessons, but as you can see in this video if you try and try again, and treat your mastiff like a big ol' baby, they'll get the hang of swimming with just a few lessons.

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You gotta give it to Sailor the mastiff for keeping a cool head, and his human Brad H is not only a calm and caring owner, he's also quite the doggy swimming instructor!

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Slave Leia Disney Princess Squad

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Now that Disney owns Star Wars, we see the iconic Leia slave outfit crossing over into the Disney Princess universe. In the past, we've seen slave Leia versions of Tinkerbell, Ariel, and Elsa. Now the lineup is filling out even more, thanks to these ladies. That's Ashlynne Dae as Elsa, Elizabeth Rage as Belle, Rianne Synnth as Mulan, and Hendo as Pocahontas.

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The Ultimate in Camouflage?

Watch this bale of hay high-tail it across a field. I didn’t know they could go that fast!

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Okay, it’s a vehicle. Not something from a movie, even though you've seen this kind of thing in comedies. This is a Japanese military …something or other. A Ghillipillar? You’d think a huge hay bale would be conspicuous just by moving, but from a distance, it probably blends into the background.  -via Digg


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Ioana Vanc's Spoonfuls of Food Art

Ioana Vanc is an architect in Arad, Romania. When she's not building with steel and concrete on a colossal scale, she's making art with food on a tiny scale. Each of these food sculptures can fit within a spoon. You can find more of her work at Fubiz (translation).

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Ten Non-Food Related Uses For A Slow Cooker

Slow cookers make preparing a meal on a hot summer day bearable, as long as you're in the mood for something stew-like or pot boiled, but there are also lots of other non-food related uses for slow cookers as well.

Looking for a new hobby? Pick up an old slow cooker at a yard sale or thrift store and use it to make candles, soap or as a heated dye bath container for dyeing fabric.

Love to DIY when it comes to home renovation? That slow cooker can help you strip the paint off metal, air out a room and can even be used as a humidifier.

Just make sure you don't try to cook food in the same slow cooker you've used for these fun projects, unless you like a little toxic chemical flavor in your tuna casserole!

See the Top 10 Things You Can Do With A Slow Cooker That Don't Involve Food at Lifehacker


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Star Wars Scenes and Headlines from The Onion Combine Perfectly

There's no comedy like The Onion and no drama like Star Wars. When the two combine, a space saga becomes filled with the funny anxieties and problems of everyday life. Lindsey, a Star Wars fan, illustrates that by combining headlines from The Onion with scenes from the 6 Star Wars movies. You can view them here and here. Content warning: foul language.

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Average Women Transformed With Pin-up Looks



BuzzFeed Australia enlisted the services of Sherbet Birdie Vintage & Pin-up Photography in order to give several average Australian women traditional pin-up model looks. While each woman stated a reason in which they felt they were not pin-up material, they were pleasantly surprised with their transformations from modern casual to old-world glamour. 

Check out this link to the BuzzFeed Oz Facebook page to see a video of the pin-ups before and after their stylings. 


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I Choose Electric - Gotta Shock 'Em All


I Choose Electric by jml2art

If you wanna be the best and rise to the rank of pocket monster master then you must begin to narrow your search and choose a type of your own. It's easy to choose one of the more explosive and powerful types as your own, because you're dying to bring home a fiery Charizard of your own or send a mighty metal Metang into the arena. But those who choose wisely go with evolution and growth over flash and physical might, and once your life has been electrified by a Pikachu it's hard to ever look back!

Wear your pocket monster affiliation with pride, bring home this I Choose Electric t-shirt by jml2art and you'll catch all the love from your fellow fans.

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World Champion Javelin Thrower Taught Himself the Sport by Watching YouTube Videos

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Julius Yego of Kenya didn't have a world-famous coach. In fact, he didn't have a coach at all. He got his start by watching YouTube videos and practicing what he saw. Yego made it to the 2012 Olympics, placing 12th, by teaching himself. At the time, he said, "My coach is me, and my YouTube videos."

Now, with a professional coach, he's refined his technique. At the recent world championships in Beijing, he threw a javelin 92.72 meters, which is farther than anyone else has in 14 years.  

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